Sonar Fleet #11 held their annual awards dinner at Manhasset Bay YC last week. As in the past, the cocktail party was animated and the dinner delicious. This year, audience participation added some fun to the awards presentation. Ralf Steitz, who recently received U.S. SAILING'S highest award, the Timothea Larr Award, managed to capture the Main Sheet Award. This is a perpetual trophy "for the nuts at the end of the tiller. We all know they need to be adjusted!" It seems Ralf lost sight of the basic rules governing entrance to and from Manhasset Bay. Something to do with honoring "I" and "D" going in and out of the bay and Stepping Stones light and "H" and Execution Light and "T". Whatever infractions Ralf committed was left to the imagination of the audience, as presenter John Browning did not go into detail, but handed Ralf a framed Fleet #11 sailing instruction with the "T" instruction highlighted to aid Ralf in future races.

Then there was the crew who fell out of the boat during the season, and acted surprised at receiving the Order of the Bath. Did she really think that the committee would let her acrobatic accomplishment go unnoticed? Presented by the team on Old Flame, the presentation, in part, "Twas minutes before racing, when all through the bay, Sonar Fleet 11 was stirring and ready to play, The courses were hung on the Worry Wart with care in hopes that the countdown soon would be there...... When out on the rail there arouse such a clatter, I eased the main to see what was the matter. And what to my wondering eyes did appear but a floating damsel in distress with a grin ear-to-ear. She was dressed very little from head to her knee as she bobbed on the surface with a full PFD. Not wasting a minute to partake in the fray, Skipper Ed came about and saved the day. Old Flame rushed to the damsel...a real bobbing charm, George Marks grabbed her legs as I grabbed her arm. The rescue was as perfect as landing a fish. After all, Old Flame's crew can't lose this cute dish. The moral of the story is quite easy to see: When in marginal weather, wear your PFD!" And the winner of this (again dubious) award is none other than Mary Lu Dempsey, crew on Sonar #479, Old Flame.

Now for the (real) 2007 Sonar Fleet #11 Awards: The Certificate of Appreciation for the organization and participation in the 2007 Match Racing Event was awarded to Bahar Gidwani, who then awarded participation certificates to Bob Baskind (Laurie B2), Rick Dominique (Dominatrix), Ed King, Mary Lu Dempsey, Bill Palafox and Andy Weissman (Old Flame). Stanley Rosenberg, #368 Tzuris, 5th Handicap Series; Bob Kirtland, #396 Delight, 3rd Championship Series, 4th Saturday Series, 4th Sunday Series; Bill Simon, Dan Simon and Einar Haukeland, #421 Weekend Warrior, 4th Championship Series, 5th Saturday Series, 3rd Sunday Series; Bill Simon, 3rd Single-handed Race; Sue Miller and John Browning, #451 Ping, 5th Championship Series, 3rd Saturday Series, 5th Sunday Series, 2nd Long Distance Race; Sue Miller, 2nd Single-handed Race; Bill McCollum, Bill Siener, Tom Smyth and Reed Whittemore, #470 Windy, 2nd Handicap Series; Jonathan Siener, #487 Viento, 1st Handicap Series; Bob Baskind, #568 Laurie B, 3rd Handicap Series; Bahar Gidwani, #573 Selhun, 4th Handicap Series, 5th Long Distance Race, 4th Single-handed Race; Ralf Steitz and Ted Toombs, #682 Puff, 2nd Championship Series, 2nd Saturday Series, 1st Sunday Series, 4th Long Distance Race; Tony Dalia, #684 Cypher, 3rd Long Distance Race; Rick Dominique, #753 Dominatrix, 1st Championship Series, 1st Saturday Series, 2nd Sunday Series, 1st Long Distance Race, 1st Single-handed Race. Crew Race Awards: Jamie Gross, #682 Puff, 1st Crew Race #1; Allen Thompson, #396 Delight, 2nd Crew Race #2, 4th Crew race #1; Yalcin Tarhan, #573 Selhun, 3rd Crew Race #2; Stephanie Baas, #451 Ping, 3rd Crew Race #1, 4th Crew Race #2; Sean Flaherty, #753 Dominatrix, 1st Crew Race #2; Pat Showell, #753 Dominatrix, 2nd Crew Race #2.

As each of the yacht clubs around the bay went into de-commissioning, one would think that waterfront activities would come to an end. Au contraire! There is a group of intrepid sailors out there, accompanied by their race committee, who spends the bulk of their Sunday afternoons enjoying the frigid air and camaraderie out on Manhasset Bay throughout the winter months. For the past two Sundays, IC dinghies and Ideal 18s were racing in weather that couldn't really be called frigid, but possibly brisk. On the first day of frostbiting, Nov. 4, an incredible thing happened. One person got three bullets. Who might this terrific sailor be? Could it be one of the top sailors in the fleet, maybe Pedro Lorson or Paul-Jon Patin? No, it was a woman who has been sailing for only three years. She is of the ilk of Mary Savage (Larchmont YC), who also came late to sailing, but once introduced to our sport, took it up with a vengeance. Well, that is exactly what Rita Syracuse has done. She went from zero to winner in a very short time. Spectators (few in number as this is winter after all) would have been quite impressed with her skippering skills out on the water this past Sunday. Congratulations to Rita Syracuse for becoming a great role model for other women who only dream of what she has accomplished in a few short years!

Results for Sunday, Nov. 11: IC Dinghies: Race 1: 1. #603, Matt Kelley/Colleen Miller; 2. #17, Paul-Jon Patin/Felicity Ryan, and 3. #514, Ted Toombs/Jenny McCarthy. Race #2: 1. Patin/Ryan, 2.Pedro Lorson/Donna Marie Cipollone, and 3. Toombs/McCarthy. Race 3:1. Patin/Ryan, 2. Lorson/Cipollone, and 3. Kelley/Miller. Race 4: 1. Patin/Ryan, 2.Kelley/Miller, and 3. Lorson/Cipollone. Race 5: 1. Patin/Ryan, 2.Toombs/McCarthy, and 3. Lorson/Cipollone. The Ideal 18 had 7 races. Race 1: #172, Bob Kirtland/Alan Thompson, 2. #171, Rita Syracuse/Steve Moore/Vince Syracuse, 3. #47, Ryan Christie/Peter Christie. Race 2: 1. #174, Chris Shields/Jonathan Shields, 2. Kirtland/Thompson, and 3. Christie/Christie. Race 3: 1. Shields/Shields, 2. Kirtland/Thompson, and 3. Syracuse/Moore/Syracuse. Race 3: 1. Shields/Shields, 2. Kirtland/Thompson, and 3. Syracuse/Moore/Syracuse. Race #5: Shields/Shields, 2. Kirtland/Thompson and 3. #12, Bob Schwartz/Tom Powers. Race 6: 1. Shields/Shields, 2. Kirtland/Thompson and 3. Christie/Christie. Race #7: 1. Kirtland/Thompson, 2. Christie/Christie, and 3. Syracuse/Moore/Syracuse.

Thanks are extended to the Frostbite Race Committee for Nov. 11: Ralf Steitz, Yalcin Tarhan, James Wyckoff, Ralph Heinzerling, Claes Larsson, Mihai Cosereanu, Sue Mille and Charlie Comer on rescue boats- who were kept busy with three capsizes. On Kraus Kastle: PRO John Barry, Bill Brakman, Mike York, Andrea Watson, Lynne Stebbins and Liz Wolfe. Logo
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